RUBI Begum hails from the Narsingdi district located in central Bangladesh. She lost her husband after 12 years of marriage together. Rubi’s husband committed suicide in February 2020; he suffered from family conflict, extramarital affair, financial problems and drug addiction, all of which led to his fatal suicide.
Her husband’s death sunk Rubi and her two children into unbearable pain. After her husband passed away, her in-laws and other family members blamed her for his death. They couldn’t tolerate Rubi and her children, so, at the hands of whom Rubi thought was family, she experienced a lot of domestic violence. Unfortunately, there is a culture of impunity for such awful offences in Bangladesh, so that she couldn’t get help. Family members even used to beat up her children in the name of ensuring discipline.
When Rubi decided to return to her parent’s house, they tried to re-marry her, but they struggled to find her a husband as nobody would accept her with two children. In addition, due to huge financial hardship, her parents were unable to provide food and clothes for Rubia and her two children.
Despite all of this, Rubi didn’t lose hope. Rubi and her two children arrived at The Sreepur Village in early 2021, at the height of COVID-19.
Rubi says, ‘In The Sreepur Village, I receive various livelihood training and spending good time with other mothers and children. These activities help me to forget the bad things that ever happened to me’.
Because of our donors’ kindness and generosity, we can support and empower mothers like Rubi, especially during the height of COVID-19 when everything was in lockdown, and many single mothers were suffering in silence.
Our donors’ measures enabled us to put in place means we can welcome new families in desperate need of our shelter and life-saving services, helping to rebuild their shattered lives.
As you may have heard, Bangladesh is still in lockdown, and there are many more mothers like Rubi who will need The Sreepur Village to become their home for three years so they can feel safe, secure and be given the tools in which to focus on bringing their families to hope for a brighter future.
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